Barrel House Permaculture (ScotLAND Centre)

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Barrel House Permaculture is a smallholding with an abundant fruit and veg garden and pottery in the Findhorn ecovillage community in Moray, where it also serves as a classroom for many of the community's sustainability and permaculture courses.

About the project

Barrel House Permaculture is a private home and garden, which is used as a permaculture teaching and demonstration site by the various educational institutions in the Findhorn community, hosting approximately 600 people/year. Currently two people live here full-time, experimenting with a holistic sustainable lifestyle and being as close to self-sufficient in fruit and veg as possible. It also houses a pottery studio and woodfired kiln.

The house is one of the iconic Whisky Barrel Houses - a round tiny house built from a whisky vat previously used in the distilling industry. Over the years the house has been extended and added to, mostly using local and/or recycled materials, to adapt to growing number of occupants and their changing needs. It has solar panels, a woodstove with backboiler and rain water on tap in the kitchen.

The garden has changed greatly over the years. It was started in landscape dominated by sand dunes and littered with waste left over from the war, much of it toxic, and all covered by gorse, broom and elders, the pioneers species of the local ecosystem. Today the older part of the garden has mature fruit trees and shrubs interplanted with annual crops, as well as a greenhouse, pond, compost toilet and outdoor bathtub. The younger part of the garden is reclaimed construction site with abundant annual and perennial crops. Extremely free-ranging chickens contribute to the garden throughout.

Barrel House Permaculture is used as a learning venue for permaculture and sustainability courses. Coming course include

Permaculture Design Course (July 2019) see https://www.findhorncollege.org/course/permaculture-design-course/
Ecovillage Experience Week (August, September 2019) see https://www.findhorn.org/programmes/ecovillage-experience-week/

See a film about our Permaculture Design Course here https://youtu.be/tsFKP77BYfo

Being based in an ecovillage and spiritual community - we also bring our external environment into the project, exploring the links between spirituality and permaculture, hosting community meetings and events, and managing spaces for connecting with nature and the elements.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1991
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Maria Cooper
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Lackan Cottage Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Lackan Cottage Farm is a six acre permaculture demonstration site in the heart of the County Down countryside. Through Green Tourism we encourage visitors to find out more about living in a more environmentally conscious way, and we offer a variety of courses and tours to give people hands on experience of applied permaculture practice.

About the project

At Lackan Cottage Farm our aim has been to develop a smallholding that substantially meets a families needs for energy, food, water, fuel, waste and income.
It does this without subsidy, on a small budget, and our aim is to share what we learn with as many people as possible.
We do this in several ways – by offering courses, welcoming volunteers (for example through WWOOF), and by having visitors stay on site in accommodation where they can experience permaculture design and low impact living for themselves.

The 6 acre site comprises 1 acre of growing spaces and forest garden, 3 acres of woodland, 1.5 acres of pasture and 0.5 acres currently under conversion to coppice and forest garden.
We have many projects to demonstrate, including: natural building – straw bale, timber frame, earth plasters; rocket mass heater; grey water reed beds; solar PV power, wind turbine, battery storage; coppicing; basket willow plantation; forest garden; market gardening; rainwater harvesting; compost toilets; tiny homes; upcycled pallet building; willow fences; no dig gardening and more.
We welcome approximately 400 visitors a year, run many courses, and have hosted volunteers from all over the world.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
May, 2012
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Number of people text: 
Lackan Cottage is owned and run by Steven and Claire Golemboski-Byrne
Permaculture Details: 
We're committed to increasing biodiversity in a landscape where agriculture has hit biodiversity hard, and to leaving the land in significantly better health than we found it in. This is a place that not only nourishes us through the production of food, but which significantly meets all our needs for food, fuel, energy, water and waste. We are committed in doing this in a way that is fair to the ecosystem, fair to the people living here, and to sharing that knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. Lackan Cottage Farm is the product of permaculture design, which can be seen in everything from our natural building products, to our waste and water treatment, energy production, food growing. It is constantly evolving and growing with our own permaculture experience.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Steven Golemboski-Byrne
Telephone number: 
+44(0)2840650273
International
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0
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1
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Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Learning and Demonstration Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Learning and Demonstration Garden is a decorative, ecological, edible low maintenance design inspired by the folk adage: one for the birds, one for the bugs and one for me which chimes very well with the permaculture values of earth care, people care, fair shares. It is based on working with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility.
Project Dates
Project start date: 
March, 2014
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Kayode Olafimihan & Susannah Hall
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Tin Bath House

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

A one acre domestic plot with food growing and wildflower meadow, on a steep Cotswold slope.

About the project

A one acre domestic plot, showing food growing and wildlife care. A vegetable garden with no-dig raised beds on very poor stony soil. Soil building techiniques including composting, green manures and dynamic accumulators - all the fertility needed for growing food is harvested on site. A forest garden, with many different plants e.g. cobnuts, ugni, gogi, asian pear, cornelian cherry, elder, currants and herbs. A large original wildflower meadow which is undisturbed Cotswold limestone grassland, a relic habitat, now scarce. All managed for wildlife, which features native orchids, butterflies in abundance, rare crickets, rare bats, badgers, grass snakes, flowers and plants of the local flora. Among this you will see things we have added - an edible hedgerow, willow for basket making, trees for coppicing and fuel. All these elements are looked after and managed as an integrated Permaculture system. Set on a steep Cotswold slope with stunning views - these are many steps on the site.

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Helen Pitel
Telephone number: 
07795 404362
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
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0
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Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (ScotLAND Centre)

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), a start-up Permaculture site and business on the Black Isle, 8 miles north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.

About the project

In August 2015 we moved to a bungalow with 2.5 acres of land and are in the process of establishing an organic Permaculture garden for food, wood fuel, habitat, well-being, abundant foraging, leisure and education. Our aim is to become a domestic smallholding where we are able to live a creative, regenerative and resilient lifestyle by the Permaculture Principles of People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share: a place where people can visit, stay, learn from and be inspired by an example of an organic smallholding incorporating a home based economy and resilient business plans.

Our design incorporates plans to eco-renovate the house, establish an art studio, build compost toilets, a sauna, some woodland camping huts for eco tourism and guests, create kitchen and forest gardens, orchard, woodland, meadows and space for our chickens. Our design and vision is to create forest gardens, woodland and growing spaces that maximise habitat and diversity, along with a thriving and self-sustaining food-web, with multifunctional plants providing food, fuel, craft materials, income, and beauty.

We are also involved with a community initiative in Muir of Ord called MooFood, which aims to reduce carbon emmissions, food waste and social isolation and create a healthy community and food culture through growing, sharing, and educating. We have planted a Permaculture designed orchard of 50 fruit trees, planted incredible edible inspired veg, salad, herb and fruit beds, installed a community fridge and have an education programme with the local school and community groups.

We welcome visitors by appointment, and hold open days, courses and workshops throughout the year. See our Facebook page and website for details. We are also hosting volunteers in 2018 via our WWOOF profile.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
August, 2015
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Number of people text: 
We became a Permaculture ScotLAND demonstration learner at the start of 2017 and hope to become a LAND Centre in 2018. Also in 2017 Clive began studying towards a Diploma in Applied Permaculture.
About area of activity: 
Read a blog post about BIPA here.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Clive
Telephone number: 
01463 871 171
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0
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1
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EcoDIY eco-house open weekend

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

EcoDIY Clacton eco-house open weekend; Sharing our experience of urban self-reliance

About the project

Our open weekend this year is 10th and 11th September 10.30am to 4.30pm.  A free non-commercial opening of our home to show people cheaper ways to use less energy and grow their own food see;  https://t.co/qWWRc4ILJWGrowing our own food‘Bee friendly’ bee keeping, free range chickensSolar hot water and electricityWaste wood fired central heating and cookingRainwater harvestingGrey water filtering – bath water etc. (reed bed)Email; Chris or Rosie at chris@ecodiy.org  for more details or click https://t.co/qWWRc4ILJWEcoDIY, Burrs Rd, Clacton   www.ecodiy.org

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2016
Project end: 
September, 2016
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
2
Number of people text: 
Two plus volunteers
About area of activity: 
Permaculture Details: 
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
Contact Name: 
Chris Southall
Telephone number: 
01255 254548
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
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0
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Edibles at paddock Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

Edibles is a working permaculture farm growing food, teaching and inspiring people to live more in tune with their beliefs. We offer a unique meeting space in our Cowshed in which to host courses and music events.

About the project

Edibles is based at Paddock Farm, West Slaithwaite in the beautiful Colne Valley. Residents Steve and Rosie have created a working permaculture farm with a unique venue, the Cowshed. We grow food year-round for sale locally and aim to inspire and train people to do the same. We have taught permaculture modules in our local High School and enjoy hosting meetings, group visits, students and volunteers. Our recently renovated Cowshed provides the focus for gatherings,courses and music events.

Our vision is to establish a viable business that makes a significant contribution to practical resilience building within our community by supporting more people to grow food, contributing to the skills and behaviour shifts to allow people to make changes to live more in tune with their beliefs.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
April, 2010
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
Contact Name: 
Rosie Lonnon
Telephone number: 
07722557701
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Prestwich Clough Forest Garden

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary
A community forest garden within a 2 acre woodland which is part of Incredible Edible Prestwich and District.It is run on Permaculture principles and practices. Awarded "Land Centre" status November 2015
About the project

The idea for a forest garden here evolved in 2011 after the local council granted us permission to use the area for an Incredible edible site. It was used by myself and my wife, Debbie for our PDC design at the end of our course in February 2012, after which we started work in March of that year. The 2 acre plot was partly wooded with an open area to the west which was mainly brambles. This is the area we created our forest garden with an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers and 3 years on the plot is developing into a beautiful garden with hundreds of edible trees, shrubs plants and ground cover planted, mostly donated by ourselves. We have had 2 successful open days with 200 and 300+ people coming along from the local community. We meet once a month on Sundays with extra evening sessions during the busy growing season.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
September, 2011
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Mike Pope
Telephone number: 
07984858964
LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
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Tap o' Noth Farm

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

8 acre small farm and Permaculture demonstration site in rural Aberdeenshire.

About the project

Tap o' Noth Farm is an 8 acre small, mixed market farm and demonstration site and education site situated on the slopes of Tap o' Noth hill on the outskirts of the village of Rhynie in NE Scotland.
Tap o' Noth Farm produce ecologically grown produce (sold through a CSA scheme) and organise and run courses and workshops in the fields of ecological design, sustainable agriculture and re-skilling in traditional rural crafts and practices.

Our purpose designed demonstration site is a mixture of south facing sloping fields, mixed broadleaf woodland, pines, ponds and wetlands. While still a fledgling site, Tap o’ Noth Permaculture is growing at a rapid pace with ever expanding food gardens, poultry systems, polytunnels and fruit cages, worm farms, emerging forest gardens and agroforestry systems, main crop areas, swales, multifunctional/ multi species windbreak hedgerows, ponds, compost toilet facilities plus many more exciting and informative ecologically designed systems.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2012
Online links
Project Contact Details
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LAND Project Type: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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Seize Garden Westward Ho! Devon

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project
PPN: 
0
Summary

The project was set up by Seize the Moment working with young people aged 13-18 following a Police Crimebeat award in 2010.

Seize garden is in a public park which has 4 tennis courts, a crazy golf area and children's rides and is open 24/7. There is a public right of way which leads to the local village centre.

The Happy cafe is a registered food business converted by the young people for use as a work experience venue training young chefs to use locally sourced food and to cook healthy meals on a budget.
The group have expanded the project to include a community Permaculture garden funded by North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The garden consists of a forest garden, raised beds, a rain water harvest system, a sensory garden and a willow dome.
Our food waste and green waste is converted on site.
To the rear of the building we have a garden room and a bicycle workshop.

About the project

Open Wednesdays Thursday Fridays Saturdays 10-2

LAND Project Type: 
International
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0
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